Tiniest Creepy Wonders Revealed by Microscopic Images

Starting back in 1975, photographers and scientists alike have been participating in Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition.  This competition focuses on photomicrographs, which are images taken through a microscope.

This competition draws a wide range of participants, spanning 88 countries and more than 2,000 entries each year.  This year’s winner was from the Netherland’s Cancer Institute, which showcases human skin cells that were magnified by 40x, which is shown in the first image below.

If you’d like to view a collection of the some of the smallest images in the world that have the biggest possible impacts, continue scrolling!  Prepare to be amazed at how very familiar some of these images are.

Photographs of the Tiniest of Creepy Wonders

Immortalized Human Skin Cells

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DR. BRAM VAN DEN BROEK, ANDRIY VOLKOV, DR. KEES JALINK, DR. REINHARD WINDOFFER AND DR. NICOLE SCHWARZ, NETHERLANDS CANCER INSTITUTE

These skin cells are expressing fluorescently tagged keratin.

Embryonic Chick

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DR. RYO EGAWA, NAGOYA UNIVERSITY

Talk about a celebration of life…

Digger Wasp Eyes

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LAURIE KNIGHT, UK

Thank goodness wasp eyes are so tiny – seeing this in person would be terrifying!

Great Tit Feather

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MAREK MIŚ PHOTOGRAPHY, POLAND

It is really amazing how detailed things can be, when seen up close like this.

Skin of a Sea Cucumber

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CHRISTIAN GAUTIER BIOSPHOTO, FRANCE

Wow!  I’m seeing cartoony anchors.  How about you?

A Bee’s Respiratory Tubes

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DR. LORENZO DOMENIS, REFERENCE CENTRE FOR WILDLIFE DISEASES, AOSTA, ITALY

Funny how something so very small can be so very complicated.

Interdental Brush

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DR. HARIS ANTONOPOULOS, ATHENS, GREECE

Something to keep in mind the next time you brush your teeth!

A Tapeworm

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TERESA ZGODA, ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (RIT)

Again, I am SO very thankful that creatures like this are so small that you don’t see this kind of horrifying detail.

Blood Vessels on a Human Tongue that Have Been Injected With Lead Chromate

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FRANK REISER, NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEW YORK

Suddenly I’m feeling a little weird about the contents of my mouth.

A Daddy Longleg’s Eyeball

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CHARLES KREBS PHOTOGRAPHY, ISSAQUAH, WASHINGTON

…and you thought the legs were the ickiest part!

A Living Volvox Algae Releasing Daughter Colonies

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JEAN-MARC BABALIAN, NANTES FRANCE

I somehow think I’ve seen this in a video game at some point.

Nsutite and Cacoxenite Minerals

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EMILIO CARABAJAL MÁRQUEZ, MADRID, SPAIN

The most amazing thing of all about these images is how they can look so alien-like!